Review: Becoming the Whiskey Princess

Title: Becoming the Whiskey Princess
Author: Toni Aleo
Published: 2-16-15, Amazon Digital
Genre: Contemporary

       5 Hearts


For better or worse, for richer or poorer, ‘til almost death do they part…

Amberlyn Reilly took a risk and found a new life in Ireland. She did something drastic and jumped in front of a loaded gun for the one she knew she couldn’t lose. And with her mother’s last request, she did more than fall in love. She fell into Declan O’Callaghan—with her eyes wide open and her damaged heart and soul leading the way.

When Irish-born Declan O’Callaghan spotted Amberlyn across the lake, he knew his life was about to change. And it did. Now he has everything he’s ever dreamed of —he’s marrying for love, and with that love, the family distillery will now be his as long as he marries before the deadline.

Things are moving fast. It’s now or never. And as their beautiful relationship grows, time is something these two don’t have a lot of. Declan’s and Amberlyn’s souls are tightly tethered, but will the questions and second thoughts of others prevent them from having a life they’ve both only begun to dream of? Will family and the obligations that come with the O’Callaghan name push them to their breaking point? Or has the Whiskey Prince truly found his happily ever after taking Amberlyn as his Princess?


*I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review*

This is book two in the Taking Risks saga.  The story takes place immediately following the first book.  You are going to want to read that book first before enjoying this one.   Toni Aleo brings a beautiful conclusion to this tale of unlikely lovers.  Declan and Amberlyn are destined to be together, but Declan's family continues to try and throw a wrench in their plans.  Despite the events ending the first book, Declan's father still insists he marry before his next birthday or loose the inheritance of the whiskey distillary.  Declan's mother tries hard to turn Amberlyn into a society lady. 

Amberlyn just wants to be happy and for everyone else to be happy as well. She wants Declan to get the inheritance he deserves, even if that means sacrificing a bit of herself to do so.  Young love is often full of angst and this couple has a few bumps along the way.   For whatever reason-- the stars aligned, the moon was full, lack of sleep, or mostly damn good writing, I completely fell apart during the last 1/3 of the story.  Sobbing, make-up running, torn up about this little wisp of a fighter, Amberlyn.  My heart completely broke for her and yet the whole time I was cheering for her to get her happy ever after.  You will need kleenix on stand-by!

Declan and his Irish tongue are so hot.  He makes Amberlyn all kinds of hot and the two of them together whewww!!!  But they are also awkward, humorous, fiesty, and so very much in love.  The author does a great job with the two main characters, but we also get to know more about the secondary characters--Amberlyn's family, Mrs. O'Callaghan, Lena.  I am hoping to see another book in this series so we can revisit Ireland with this complex family.  

If you haven't read Toni's other books--The Assassin's Series--HOT hockey players--give them a try!

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About the Author

Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.

When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.

She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.



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